The Central Okanagan is one of the fastest growing communities in B.C. However, housing is increasingly unaffordable for many: younger people, older people, the un- and underemployed–-even for some folks who have steady employment. We also live in increasingly atomized communities where residents often live alone or with their immediate family but do not have strong connections with other community members outside of work of their close friend circles.
Co-housing can help to address affordability issues and build community. We propose a Low-Impact Affordable Cohousing Community (LILAC) of 12-16 dwellings on shared land. The land will include a community garden, and several features to encourage environmental sustainability (such as native plants for bird and wildlife habitat, Low Impact development features sure as green roofs and recycled building materials) and as little impermeable surface as possible. The land will also include a community centre where neighbourhood and community events and gatherings can take place.
In order to ensure long-lasting affordability and that housing prices do not disproportionately increase in response to market fluctuations, we propose a Mutual Home Ownership Society (MHOS) whereby the cost of the project is divided into equity shares held by members of the community.